Journey's End Refugee Services Inc. has received two federal grants totaling $840,000, which will be used to create new jobs, and provide small business training.
The grants are from the Heath and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement, and include $600,000 for the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Micro-Enterprise Project, which will provide business training, English language instruction and business plan development to lead to the creation of up to 30 in-home daycare businesses.
Journey's End, founded in 1984, will provide startup loans to 12 entrepreneurs, and create at least four full-time jobs within Journey's End and its partner agencies: Jewish Family Services and Child Care Resource Network.
Journey's End also received $240,000 for the Green Shoots for New American Project.
The project will engage 40 refugee gardeners and urban farmers, increasing their knowledge of food production and marketing techniques, opportunities for economic development, and increased access to healthy affordable locally grown food for more than 250 refugees and other low-income Buffalo residents.
Executive director Molly Short-Carr said Green Shoots is designed to engage those with agricultural skills to engage in other activities to sustain themselves. And while Journey's End won't receive their money for around six months, she said they're in the process of hiring facilitators for both projects.